REC is staying alive!

Rec Theatre company
Rec Theatre company

A BRIGHT new chapter has opened in the long and distinguished history of a Buxton theatre group.

Many had feared it was curtains for the REC Theatre Company - a theatrical force in the town for decades - after it looked set to fold over the summer.

Rec Theatre, Jason Hudson and Kitty Randle

Rec Theatre, Jason Hudson and Kitty Randle

But two Buxton residents have stepped in to keep the town institution alive, and a relaunched REC Youth Theatre Company returned to its usual stomping ground, the Burbage Institute, this month.

The new cast of Jason Hudson and Kitty Randle, both with a wealth of experience in theatre and performance, will run weekly groups for young people between the ages of ten and 19 on a not-for-profit basis.

Jason, who teaches drama at Aquinas College in Stockport, said: “We were very keen to keep the company going after so many years. We have some exciting ideas for projects, running skills workshops and directing performances throughout the year.”

Jason co-ran North Face Theatre Company with graduates and professional actors for a number of years, and more recently set-up a youth theatre company at Aquinas and directed Ionesco’s ‘The Bald Prima Donna’ at the 2012 Buxton Festival Fringe, which was a winner of three awards.

And he says he enjoys the process of working with young people to make theatre: “I think it’s very rewarding to see young people develop their skills, build confidence and self-awareness and produce some interesting, creative work.”

Kitty, a trained actor and movement specialist/choreographer, also teaches at Aquinas. She runs drama and movement classes for young people.

Her acting credits include working with Buxton-based theatre company Babbling Vagabonds, and she is also an associate and movement director for Moving Stories Theatre Company.

On the relaunch of the REC Youth Theatre Company, Kitty said: “Hopefully it will help keep alive this fantastic company and bring new members.”

REC is operating two groups which meet at the Burbage Institute on Saturdays during term-time. The first one, for ages ten to 15, meets from 10am to 11.30am, followed by a group for ages 15 to 19 between 11.30am and 1pm.

They also plan to launch a group for seven to nine-year-olds.

For more information, call 07533 176 162 or email jhustaff@aquinas.ac.uk or kittyrandle@gmail.com.